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Below is a family biography included in The History of Maries County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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La Fayette Murry is a farmer of Johnson Township, Maries Co., Mo., and was born in Monroe County, Tenn., in 1834. His parents were Thomas and Nancy (Noblett) Murry; the former, who was of Irish parentage, was a shoemaker by trade, and followed flatboating to New Orleans. In 1839 he made a trip to New Orleans, and was to meet his family (who were to come to Missouri with Mrs. Murry’s father, William Noblett) at St. Louis. The family afterward concluded to cross the river at Cape Girardeau, and came to what is now Maries County. Not finding his family at St. Louis, Mr. Murry wrote back to his friends in Tennessee to learn their whereabouts, but before he received sufficient information, as was learned some years after, he is supposed to have met his death on the American Bottoms, in Illinois. The mother died about 1843. La Fayette and one sister were the only children, of whom the former was the elder. He received a limited common-school education, and, upon the death of his mother, was bound to Andrew Moreland, an uncle, with whom he lived until twenty-one. He was then employed in hauling iron from the Meramec Iron Works for several years. In 1858 he married Permelia, daughter of William and Nancy Harrison, early settlers of Maries County, Mo., where they still live. Six children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Murry, three of whom are living. Since his marriage, Mr. Murry has resided in Johnson Township with the exception of one year spent in Jefferson Township. He owns 120 acres of land, nearly all of which is under cultivation, and for the past fifteen years he has also been engaged in the saw-mill and thrashing business. During the late war he served over four months in Company I, Thirty-second Missouri Infantry, and was discharged in December, 1862, on account of disability. He is a Democrat in politics, and is a member of St. James Post, G. A. R. Mrs. Murry has been a member of the Baptist Church for many years; she is a native of Maries County.

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This family biography is one of 37 biographies included in The History of Maries County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Maries County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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